Mercedes EQC review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Once you’re past the steep asking price and insurance costs, the EQC provides a practical range and all the usual benefits of a zero-emissions vehicle.
There’s no point in having a premium electric SUV with superb levels of comfort and refinement if you can only travel a short distance before having to stop and top-up the battery. Fortunately, Mercedes has this covered and claims a range for the EQC of between 248 and 252 miles on a single charge.
During our own test, the EQC returned 2.7 miles per kWh, so we think a more realistic range figure from the 80kWh battery will be around 216 miles.
Mercedes includes a Maximum Range mode for the EQC, which utilises the nav system and on-board cameras to adjust functions such as the regenerative braking system and actively restricts maximum available power - all in order to achieve the most miles. We think it’s a bit quirky, while the persistent electronic interventions can become a little tedious for just the smallest increase in range. Drivers would be better served by sticking to either Comfort or Eco modes.
The EQC can’t match the Audi e-tron’s quick charging capability and it won’t get close to the convenience of a Tesla Model X plugging into a Supercharger. However, topping up the EQC from 10% to 80% at a rapid 110kW public charging point will take just 40 minutes.
Insurance premiums for the EQC are going to be expensive as all versions sit in the top group 50. Similarly-powered Audi e-tron models are also in group 50, as are Jaguar I-Pace variants.
EQC owners will be pleased that, after an average of three years and 36,000 miles of ownership, their luxury SUV will still be worth quite a bit as a used buy. Data suggests it will hold onto around 65% of its original list price after this time, which is a better return when compared to the circa 56% for the e-tron and I-Pace rivals.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Mercedes EQC luxury SUV delivers good electric range and superb levels of comfort and refinement, but it’s expensive and a little uninspiring to drive.
- 2Engines, performance and drivePlenty of power and usable electric range add to the Mercedes EQC’s luxury SUV appeal.
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running costs - currently readingOnce you’re past the steep asking price and insurance costs, the EQC provides a practical range and all the usual benefits of a zero-emissions vehicle.
- 4Interior, Design and TechnologyThe EQC has a familiar Mercedes family look, but comes with plenty of standard kit and useful tech features.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceMercedes has delivered premium levels of comfort for the EQC, although practicality and boot space could be better.
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe EQC offers excellent safety credentials, while reliability shouldn’t be an issue.